On Jun 25, 2008 at 13:45, “Parrot Nation” was hatched. I’ve gotten more reads in a day now than I had in the the first month. I had no big ideas, no real plans and no idea what I was doing. All I knew was that I was a writer and starting this blog was a means to write, to express myself and to hopefully become a better writer in the process. My first post was a mere 58 words and contained a black and white photograph of Parker, my African Grey. But it ignited something in me. It became more than a hobby or a means to get my “writing Ya-Ya’s” out. If you are truly a writer, you don’t do it because you want to. You do it because you have to. You simply do it. It is as much a part of you as breathing.
As I wrote, the blog began evolving. There were the two trips I made to the Cincinnati Zoo where I worked as a Keeper. Those were fun to write about:
I also began writing about the way I feed my birds:
I went on and on (and on) about the “Chop” concept mostly because I believe in it so strongly:
The blog just took me to whatever place I was in at the time. Looking back, I wrote about food, birds, bird food, dog food, Christmas with my birds, and I wrote a book review. I wrote about saving money:
I blogged about going to the dollar store for enrichment items, cleaning up after my parrots, making feather scarves and I had a contest:
I blogged about where I was flying to, posted photos of my hotel rooms, and photos of food. I wrote about the Houston Parrot Festival:
I wrote about the Midwest Bird Expo:
I wrote about other writers, other bloggers and I blogged about blogging:
I also wrote about not blogging. So many people start a blog and then they abandon it like some lost puppy. Or they never really get it going. Or they have no direction for it. I find that kind of sad. I really didn’t have much direction when I began “Parrot Nation.” So I began figuring out what this blog was and how it became a part of my life, what it evolved from and where it’s going. I tried to look after it like I would one of my birds. I didn’t want it to perish. I wanted it to thrive and become routine for people to pop over and see what kind of information I had found and wanted to share. It became more than just a place for me to express myself or talk about what I did that day, although that certainly has its place. It became a service of sorts to others. It became a legitimate place where one could go to see some photos and learn something I had also learned or seen or attended or experienced. Somehow through all of this and 180 published posts later, it became its own place; its own destination. It became the “Parrot Nation.” And it has started to become more than just a blog. It’s becoming a community. I like that because when there are many people involved in something, it becomes more than just you. And there is something quite satisfying about belonging to something.
I realize it’s never going to be like “Pioneer Woman,” and it’s not controversial enough to get the hits “Margaret and Helen” gets. It’s too specialized; too narrow of a subject for people to come screaming in from all over everywhere. Lots of people have kids so “Mommy Blogs” are quite popular. But I don’t have kids. I have parrots. And there’s less people who have parrots than have kids. But it is what it is and it has found its way from being a hope, to being a reality.
I do get some interesting feedback and it does come from different parts of the world so I know there are people reading it all over the globe. But “The Huffington Post” it isn’t!
And I don’t mind that.
July 14, 2010 at 12:53 pm
Well said! Or should I say “written?” Your writing is always an easy and enjoyable read!
July 14, 2010 at 1:15 pm
Thanks Irena! I’m glad you like it.
July 14, 2010 at 1:47 pm
A few more guest bloggers and you’ll become the Huffington Post of the parrot world! And what you have that the Huff Post doesn’t, is more of a personal relationship with the readers and a genuine appreciation for them. I don’t think Ariana Huffington really cares if that much about the individuals who read her blog.
So when’s the “Have you joined the Parrot Nation?” bumper sticker coming out?
P.S. Buddy and Skittles loooooove their ring around the rainbow!! They say thank you very much!
July 14, 2010 at 1:53 pm
I’m glad B & S like the toy. Terrific! And how did you know that was a bumper sticker design? Ha! I’ve been thinking about getting those made up as sort of a fun thing for people. My previous post, “The Tribe” explains what I mean about it. I have high hopes for the “Parrot Nation” as a tribe of people. One person can’t do much but point in the right direction. Hopefully this blog might help out in some way.
July 14, 2010 at 2:07 pm
I’m psychic! 😉 You mentioned it in a previous post, I believe. I’d buy one. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a car magnet or bumper sticker for parrots- I’m always jealous of the ones people have for their furry friends. I enjoyed reading “The Tribe” as well and I think that’s exactly what you have going on here. I also like that you are candid on here and not one of those holier than thou parrot people you were talking about in a previous post who make you feel guilty for not giving your birds bottled water, etc
July 15, 2010 at 8:28 am
Parrots are cool definitely. Your pets are lovely and I wish you enjoy them for a long, long life.